Student activity from the article “Next-door Mentor” from the May/June 2009 Our Ohio magazine
Academic Content Standard
(Family and Consumer Sciences: Introductory Benchmark): Standard 4: Designing a Career Blueprint: Students will develop, implement and explore careers in the context of life choices and changing employment trends, societal needs and economic conditions.
(Note: Key terms used from Ohio’s Academic Content Standards are in bold below).
- Read the article titled “Next-Door Mentor” in Our Ohio magazine or on-line.
- At the age of 7, Ryan Miller found that he loved what profession?
- Why did Ryan have to seek out a friend to observe and learn from rather than the more typical situation of a family member who teaches the next generation about farming?
- Define: Mentor, Grain Farm, Financial undertaking
- Why does Ryan say he liked to “hang around the farm?”
- David Adams “took (Ryan) under his wing and served as a mentor.” Explain.
- The article says that “farming is tough to get started.” Why do you think this is the case? Can’t anyone just start farming?
- What type of formal education did Ryan pursue?
- What, according to Ryan, is “one of the most rewarding things you can ever do?” Is this attitude important in choosing a career?
- According to the article, what are the two biggest financial difficulties facing a new farmer? (Factors affecting career choices)
- How is Ryan Miller realizing his dream of becoming a farmer?
- What makes farming a good career choice for Ryan? (Ryan’s interests and talents)
- Does Dave Adams enjoy mentoring Ryan? How can you tell?
- Did Ryan’s formal education help him in his desire to farm? How?
Hands on at Home or School
- Explore Agricultural Careers at these Web sites:
National FFA Career Site: www.ffa.org/ffaresources/career/Pages/default.aspx
Vocational Information Center: www.khake.com/page39.html
- What types of classes could one take in high school to prepare for agriculture?
- What majors would one enroll in at college to pursue agriculture or farming?
- There are many types of educational opportunities. Explain how one learns career skills in the following ways? Military College apprenticeship Career education Technical education Entrepreneurship
- Ryan recognized his interest and talents in farming at a young age. Do you have similar interests that will define your career path?
- Take a look at the following site for career information: OCIS: www.ocis.org
- Take an inventory to identify your aptitudes:
Aptitude tests: www.3smartcubes.com
- Choose two careers. Find out the following information using the sites listed above: Education needed, Tasks involved, Salary expected, Times of work, Flexibility of schedule, Location of work, Employment Availability
- Geography: Map Use: Locate Wood County on an Ohio map. http://www.censusfinder.com/mapoh.htm
- Math: go to this Web site and look at the cost of an acre of land (acre=approx. a football field): Lands of Ohio: www.landsofohio.com/ohio/land-for-sale/index.cfm?county_id=4411
How much money would 10 acres cost? (Ex. a 68-acre farm in Grove City, Ohio is listed for sale for over $500,000) What size is the typical farm in Ohio?
- Economics: How much money does a used combine (machine to harvest crops) cost? www.tractorhouse.com lists a used combine for $213,000.
- Do most people have enough money to purchase a combine? A combine and then the land to farm? How about a tractor, planter, combine, wagons and truck?
- Can you see how farming is a financially difficult career to enter?
This student activity was prepared by Camille Kopczewski, who is coordinator of religious education at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Grove City. She is a former sixth grade social studies teacher for South-Western City Schools. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in education.